SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson
Georgia Southern University
College of Engineering and Research
Creative Sources Photography | Atlanta Architectural Photographers
“The goal of Creative Sources Photography is to engage the viewer by crafting a series of images, which through the use of light, composition, and framing elements, help to interpret a multi-faceted experience.”
One of the most striking spaces is this high-bay multi-user research lab that is the length of a football field. When photographing this space, care was taken to show the clerestory windows above the roll-up doors, as well as those on the third level above the collaboration space. We strove to illustrate how natural light from these windows illuminates lab and collaboration spaces, while adding form and definition to the sculptural ceiling joists. In addition, we sought to show the repeating pattern of the roll-up doors, which allow for easy and efficient movement of equipment and materials in and out of the lab spaces.
The relationship of the main lobby to the high-bay laboratory was an important design element to convey through composition. Separated by a two-story glass wall it invites students, visitors, and guests to observe the function of the engineering and robotic learning.
This vantage point from the northeast offered the photo team a way to illustrate the relationship between the 3-story entry and lobby to the functional high-bay lab spaces. Choosing to photograph at twilight allowed us to strike a lighting balance amongst the high-bay, lobby, and the exterior accent lighting. We strategically added our supplemental lighting, both inside and out, which served to augment and explain the interaction of the interior and exterior design. Add into this recipe a wonderful sunset and people utilizing the facility, made for a dynamic compositional result.
Photographing similar views of the front of the facility, one during the day, and the other at twilight, allowed us to capitalize on the building’s context within the surroundings. The relationship of the building to the surrounding campus landscape drives the composition in these two images, and serves to enhance the building’s character both day and night.
Creative Sources Photography worked with the university’s operations team to ensure that the fountains were running during the day, and temporarily off for the twilight view. At dusk, the mirror-like reflection enhanced the transparency of interior to exterior and provided the viewer contextual information. Seasonal awareness, relating to sun position and foliage are factors that determine the most advantageous time of day and time of year.
Our recent collaboration with the team of SSOE |Stevens & Wilkinson, SmithGroup, and JE Dunn, gave us the opportunity to photograph an exquisite technology-based building, on an exciting campus, for a talented team. Creative Sources Photography’s experienced, award-winning creative team of Atlanta Architectural Photographers is here to collaborate on your next project, from concept and planning, to final image results.